(Reading) -- A Reading City police officer has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the department's evidence room to fund his gambling habit.
Forty-seven-year-old Jodi Royer has surrendered to Berks County detectives to face charges including theft and evidence tampering.
The 24 year-veteran of the force is on medical leave
Investigators say an audit of the department's evidence and property room determined that nearly $15,000 from four cases was stolen.
In additional cases that were identified, Royer allegedly replaced the stolen money with his own funds.
The thefts occurred between April 2011 and March of this year.
Chief William Heim said Royer is being placed on suspension with the intent to dismiss.
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